The 18th Air Guitar World Championships in August

The world’s top air guitarists will gather in Oulu, Northern Finland to compete over the mastership of the invisible instrument for the 18th time this August. In addition to choosing the world champion on Friday 23 August at Rotuaari Square, the four-day event offers air guitar spirited side programme in the exotic Finnish environment.

The world finalists will be chosen at the national championships battled in the Air Guitar Network countries during the following months. UK is the first one to choose their representative at the final in London on 4 May. Another European air guitar nation, Germany, has already started their national tour that will culminate in Koblenz on 13 July. The US semifinals will take place all over the country in June and July, and the first qualifier will be held in Washington DC on 11 May. This year the network expands into new areas, as India, Kazakhstan and Bulgaria will organize their very first official championships.

The last chance to win ones way to the World Final is the Dark Horses Qualifying Round held at 45 Special in Oulu on Thursday 22 August. Last year a dark horse played a significant role, when Justin ”Nordic Thunder” Howard (US) got through from the qualifying round and won the shiniest trophy in the World Final. Since his victorius trip to Oulu, Howard has fulfilled his mission by performing at international arenas and advertising campaigns, as well as giving lectures on air guitar in universities. In addition to the airy rivarly, the four-day festival includes the warm-up day Airientation on Wednesday 21, and a soothing post-festival trip to Hailuoto Island at Air Off event on Saturday 24 August.

The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. This is why the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace at the end of the competition.

The 18th Air Guitar World Championships will take place in Oulu, Northern Finland on 21-24 August 2013. The World Final and Dark Horses Qualifying Round have free admission. The Airientation and Air Off are included to the Air Guitar Packages, no separate ticket sales. The travel package sales starts on 10 May. 

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